After a long wait, which seems to be the Bavarian way, the 2019 BMW Z4 roadster has been revealed, the car will make its public debut at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach.
BMW released images of the range-topping Z4 M40i First Edition which packs a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six-cylinder engine developing 250kW and 500Nm. BMW quotes 4.6 seconds to sprint from a standstill to 100km/h, so it’s quick enough for a boulevard cruiser.
In a sign of the times, an eight-speed automatic is standard and there’s no word of a manual transmission option.
M40i variants get a sports suspension tune with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system, an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential. Weight distribution is also a neat 50:50 split.  
It’s no secret the new Z4 was developed in conjunction with the new Toyota Supra, however, we are yet to see Japan’s take on the design. First Edition Z4’s will be offered with Frozen Orange metallic paint, kidney grille with a mesh design, black exterior mirror caps, LED matrix headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels and an electrically operated textile soft top. There’s no folding metal to be seen.
On the inside, the layout is similar to the upcoming 8 Series coupe. The Z4 in M40i guise will feature a digital instrument cluster, large centre infotainment screen, head-up display, Vernasca leather trim with contrast stitching, electrically adjustable seats with memory function and a Harman Kardon audio system.
BMW is yet to reveal additional models and engine choices, however, a four-cylinder option to be shared with the Supra is a certainty. More details will be released on September 19.
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